The Colorado State Patrol believes that alcohol may have been a factor in a crash that recently took place in the southbound lanes of Interstate 25. The accident that happened just before 7 a.m. on Oct. 13. Three people suffered fatal injuries and one other person was moderately to seriously injured.
The driver, a 23-year-old woman from Colorado, apparently lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle ended up in the median between the north and southbound lanes of the interstate where it flipped over one-and-a-half times. During the crash, the three passengers were thrown from the vehicle.
All three were critically injured and did not survive the crash. When the vehicle finally came to a rest, the driver was trapped underneath it. She had been partially thrown from the vehicle and had to be freed from the wreckage by emergency personnel. Her current condition is not known.
It may be some time before officials are able to confirm whether alcohol was an element in this accident. If that is the case, it could affect not only what charges, if any, are filed, but the severity of those charges as well. For now, the families of the three victims will have to wait to and see what happens with regard to any possible criminal charges.
However, they are not required to wait when it comes to filing wrongful death claims regarding the fatal injuries. Any evidenced gathered in the official investigation and any related criminal proceedings may serve to bolster a civil action. They will need to prove the driver was negligent in a manner that proximately caused the crash and deaths that resulted in order to be awarded reimbursement of the financial damages sustained as a result of the death of their loved ones.
Source: koaa.com, UPDATE: Fatal accident south of Fountain on I-25, Jeff Langan, Oct. 13, 2013